“Dear teachers, this is not the case. But we can build a better school together. “

Dear Manager,

Does it allow me, as a student and, if not more, many of my classmates, to think of a school system that is now anachronistic? Let me critique today’s school, imagine one of current value, that is, one that teaches students how to deal with the problems of the present. If we want a modern school, we have to invest in teachers, equipment and school activities, because that way we would be investing in the future of our society.

At the heart of the children’s growth process is the relationship with teachers: it is therefore essential to maintain a just and happy relationship between the young and the adult, which follows the principles of respect and equality. Many are needed programs they shrink and build better. It will not be a better society that evaluates people based on the amount of knowledge, but seeks and protects people with intellectual autonomy. The importance of the evaluative aspect must be reduced. Assessments have educational value if they are a means of stimulating participation and to make young people aware of their knowledge; on the contrary, they become a source of discomfort if they are perceived as the ultimate goal of the study, they do not allow to develop a sincere confrontation between students and teachers, forcing children to live school life with anxiety and not allowing them to become passionate. really. the subjects.


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The school is also a building, which children must perceive as a place of growth, aggregation and reception. Must invest financially in laboratories and technological equipment, especially from technical and professional institutes; in gyms and playgrounds, as sports contribute to psychophysical health and for many children it represents a passion that the school must foster; Finally, it is necessary to invest in the creation and redevelopment of spaces dedicated to socialization, both inside and outside school buildings. The schools themselves must make use of the services offered by the area: it is no longer current to continue thinking about education strictly linked to the classrooms of a building.

Let me imagine, dear manager, facilities open all day from morning to evening, in which students can meet in the afternoon and which we can use autonomously, to become aware of our responsibilities and to claim the right to a secular place that can act as a social aggregator. It is time to look at the educational institution as a means of training those who will be the protagonists of the near future, so that the state invests in public schools, so that everyone can access efficient education. The school will be up-to-date if it helps young people to identify a job through ongoing collaborations with appropriate universities, institutions and work and cultural centers, and not sporadically just to adapt to a school-work system that structured makes no sense. .


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Let me tell you, Dear Rector, that you are not afraid that all these proposals will have the strength to restart the merely didactic value of school realities; on the other hand, we hope they have the strength to transform school into a reality capable of investing in the passions of today’s youth. So it is with an extreme passion for the future and without resentment towards anyone that … I accuse many teachers of being at a level of superiority over students. It is not punishing the student that one can expect to change his behavior. I accuse many teachers of having as their only concern the making of programs and the acquisition of notes, of not taking into account the evening activities of the children., not treating all their students in the same way, not making use of the whole assessment scale, creating a climate of tension in the classrooms, not being able to understand the interests and needs of the new generations. Finally, I accuse many teachers of having lost sight of the ultimate goal of their profession, of having forgotten the enormous social power they hold in their hands, and of having allowed themselves to get rid of their institution. are the main representatives.

I accuse the political ruling class have never shown a real interest in education, however, even more serious, that he never showed any interest in us young people. It is not by continuing to modify the Baccalaureate exam that the problems faced by the school will be resolved; an exam that, among other things, should be reconsidered definitively, as it obliges students, for months they should prepare for university exams or start looking for work, to review subjects already studied to obtain a diploma that already it should have been done. certified by last vote. Again, I accuse the political ruling class of having disinvested in Ata teachers and staff, reducing salaries and not funding proper refresher courses. We need a reform that allocates resources to invest in teachers and school structures and that is concerned with improving assessment programs and systems. I accuse public opinion of failing to respect the role of public office held by teachers, as a result of the devaluation of one of the roles at the base of a democratic society. Finally, I accuse politicians of making constant propaganda about us young people and about education, spending empty words, unable to present an idea of ​​social and current school.

And lastly, I blame you guys for not being able to make clear our requests, to form a single front to defend what we hold most dear, the school. I accuse you guys because it is superficial to point out those around us as responsible for all the problems, without examining our behavior with an equally stern look, without having first done a careful self-criticism. However, we can say that even if we are not completely acquitted of this examination of conscience, the balance of the damage suffered by the ineffectiveness of others legitimizes us to express severe judgments.

In conclusion, I take the liberty of making this letter public; and direct it to as many as possible; and to dedicate it to those who measure their actions by their deep, intimate, and real happiness: how is it possible to feel happy if not by doing good, if not by leaving to posterity something noble to be remembered? Those who act for their own miserable interest, I do not think they are happy.

Please accept, Sir, the assurance of my highest consideration.

The author is a student at the Tasso Institute in Rome

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